Rian Johnson thinks iPhone 11 Pro coolest thing since lightsabers

Last Jedi director thinks iPhone 11 Pro is coolest thing since lightsabers


Rian Johnson video of Paris with iPhone 11 Pro
A 120-degree view of Paris.
Screenshot: Rian Johnson/Vimeo

Rian Johnson, director of 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, released a new film today shot on the iPhone 11 Pro.

OK, it was a just little montage of pretty scenes around Paris he posted on Vimeo. Apple loaned Johnson a new iPhone to play with prior to today’s public rollout.

Johnson was enthusiastic about the pro handset’s performance and shared the 1:48 clip with his Twitter followers today.

“Apple let me mess around with their new iPhone Pro and I cut together this little thing,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “Pretty shots of Paris ftw. I usually find phone camera upgrades to be baby steps and not very exciting, but this wide-angle lens is a real game-changer.”

Johnson, whose credits include Looper and this fall’s crime-comedy Knives Out, is a pro, even with casual vacation video. His short film is beautifully scored and the ultra-wide lens helped him express his love in a cinematic valentine to Paris.

The iPhone has already knocked down cost barriers for filmmakers. Most have to scrape and beg for money to rent cameras and lenses. A number of films have gained notoriety for being shot on iPhone. Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh has said the iPhone is the future of filmmaking.

The iPhone 11 Pro may be a step closer, especially now that filmmakers can record a scene simultaneously with all three cameras on the bump.

Johnson did not say whether he was will use the iPhone on his next feature film.